By Tom Grunshaw and Daniel Beswick
Associate cricket’s on-field action can struggle to steal the headlines it deserves, but the jerseys have never had to beg to grab attention.
As our television screens are washed with the same boring, Full Member team colours, we are blessed in the emerging world with a bit more creativity and garishness. As the advent of streams hopefully boosts the coverage in the Associate game, creativity and individuality of teams around the world has come to the fore.
Last year’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in UAE showed an array of colour, from the Netherlands orange to Bermuda’s bold pink selection. For Japan, they did not waste their opportunity on the big stage to show their colours at the U19 Cricket World Cup, a highlight in their cricket history.
So, with all this in mind, it’d only be fair to hold a hyper-competitive, 32-team Associate World Cup of Jerseys!
Eight groups of four were drawn, with two advancing from each group to the round of 16, where kits will then go head-to-head to crown a winner. Kits from the same nation must be drawn together and polls will be done via Twitter and our Facebook group for the pool stages, with the Facebook page added once we get to the knockout stages.
Here is our draw!
The Emerging Cricket World Cup of Jerseys Draw
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Tanzania||Scotland 1999 WC||Bermuda||Fiji U19 WC 2016|
|China (Women)||Scotland 2015 WC||Mexico||Ireland 2007 WC|
|Oman||Vanuatu||Qatar||Netherlands 1996 WC|
|Nepal||Nigeria (Yellow alternate)||Rwanda||Netherlands|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|Germany||Namibia 2003 WC||Kenya 1999 WC||Japan U19 WC Pink|
|Papua New Guinea 2012||St. Helena||Jersey||Bhutan|
|South Korea||Singapore||Malaysia||Thailand Women’s T20 WC 2020|
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